GP Singapore, prove libere venerdì–20/09/2013
Singapore GP: Sebastian Vettel fastest in second practice
Sebastian Vettel beat Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber to the fastest time in Friday’s second Singapore Grand Prix practice session after a mighty battle between the duo.
Championship leader Vettel and Webber swapped the top spot repeatedly on the soft-compound tyres early on. Webber won that battle, with a time of 1m46.157s giving him a 0.251-second advantage over the German, who had just usurped his original mark.
Vettel blew that pace away when he moved onto supersofts and lapped in 1m44.249s.
Webber’s response was compromised by a firm clout of the wall near the end of the lap, leaving him 0.604s down in the end.
Third-placed Nico Rosberg, who pipped Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 0.110s, was a second off Vettel’s pace.
Steering and brake issues again limited Romain Grosjean’s mileage, but did not stop him putting his Lotus fifth – just 0.043s behind Hamilton – during what little running he managed.
That placed him ahead of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button in the top Ferrari and McLaren respectively, and Kimi Raikkonen in the second Lotus.
Adrian Sutil and Sergio Perez completed the top 10.
Bar minor brushes such as Webber’s, everyone managed to stay away from the barriers with the exception of Pastor Maldonado, whose Williams required a new front wing.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m44.249s 34 2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m44.853s +0.604s 30 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m45.258s +1.009s 34 4. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m45.368s +1.119s 33 5. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m45.411s +1.162s 18 6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m45.691s +1.442s 32 7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m45.754s +1.505s 30 8. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m45.778s +1.529s 32 9. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m46.002s +1.753s 27 10. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m46.025s +1.776s 31 11. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m46.406s +2.157s 34 12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m46.429s +2.180s 33 13. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m46.606s +2.357s 33 14. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m46.808s +2.559s 36 15. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m46.870s +2.621s 33 16. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m47.287s +3.038s 29 17. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m47.434s +3.185s 33 18. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m47.761s +3.512s 25 19. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m49.434s +5.185s 34 20. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m49.526s +5.277s 34 21. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m49.619s +5.370s 33 22. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m49.731s +5.482s 30
Singapore GP: Lewis Hamilton leads opening practice
Lewis Hamilton ended first practice for the Singapore Grand Prix atop the order in his Mercedes.
The Briton led the Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in a tentative session that took a long time to get going as even backmarkers waited for track conditions to improve.
The majority of order changes at the front took place around the halfway point.
In a busy few minutes, the early pacesetting Williams duo and McLaren’s Sergio Perez were usurped as the Red Bulls and Mercedes took control.
Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Webber swapped the top spot several times before Hamilton’s 1m47.055s secured practice one honours.
Webber was 0.365 seconds slower in second, with Vettel half a second further back but achieving his best time near the end of a long run.
Rosberg completed the top four ahead of Lotus team-mates Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. The latter’s running was limited by a steering problem.
Fernando Alonso was the fastest Ferrari in seventh.
Perez fell back to eighth, six places ahead of McLaren team-mate Jenson Button,
Felipe Massa was also outside the top 10 in the second Ferrari in 12th as Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Sauber’s improving rookie Esteban Gutierrez claimed ninth and 10th, with Pastor Maldonado’s Williams 11th.
The 22 race drivers took part in the session, with no one standing aside for a reserve as teams preferred to maximise their lead racers’ track time on the tricky Marina Bay street track.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m47.055s 20 2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m47.420s +0.365s 20 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m47.885s +0.830s 19 4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m48.239s +1.184s 23 5. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m48.354s +1.299s 18 6. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m48.355s +1.300s 12 7. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m48.362s +1.307s 21 8. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m49.267s +2.212s 20 9. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m49.348s +2.293s 23 10. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m49.355s +2.300s 21 11. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m49.481s +2.426s 20 12. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m49.493s +2.438s 16 13. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m49.510s +2.455s 21 14. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m49.608s +2.553s 20 15. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m49.887s +2.832s 18 16. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m50.092s +3.037s 20 17. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m50.222s +3.167s 17 18. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m50.757s +3.702s 16 19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m52.359s +5.304s 16 20. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m52.673s +5.618s 15 21. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m52.920s +5.865s 24 22. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m53.647s +6.592s 23